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Salty, Spicy, Sweet (WIAW). Plus Peanut Ginger Dressing Recipe

I sure have become a fan of the “salty” combo, guys. I’m sure many of you know of the fabulous sweet and salty duos already out there. 

Salted Caramel chocolates? Give me. 

Chocolate covered pretzels? Obviously

Peanut butter, tomato and sea salt? Don’t knock it till you try it. 

But that last one brings me to a question. Do you consider peanut butter salty, sweet, or savory? I can’t figure it out!!

Whatever it is, there is no denying that for some reason peanut butter combines perfectly with not only sweetness and salt, but also spice. So much so that yesterday morning all I could think of was putting peanut butter on my leftover savory and slightly spiced  sweet potato pizza crust

Breakfast:

peanut butter egg breakfast salty

Sweet Potato Breakfast Pizza Crust (check out yesterday for the recipe) + peanut butter + fried egg + berries and apple

And then to get even more sweet and salty action, I craved matching it with a salty fried egg and sweet sweet berries. I dunno man…everything complemented each other so perfectly. Went down as smooth as glass.

No no don’t try that at home!  

Lunch:

Without any idea of this weeks’ theme, I did something genius by throwing a chopped apple in with my tuna/avocado salad. The sweetness and crunch was a perfect match for the salty fish.

tuna salad lunch salty

Romaine + spinach + carrot (sliced with a peeler – so pretty) + apple topped with tuna/avocado salad + whole grain crackers

Tuna/avocado salad: 1 can tuna + 3 tbsp mashed avocado + 3 tbsp greek yogurt + 1/4 tsp garlic powder + 1/4 tsp onion powder + salt to taste

Dinner:

I must have gotten my craving for the peanut butter and spice combination in my breakfast from my current peanut-ty noodle stir fry.  As you saw on Monday, I made this big wok up on the weekend to feed me all week (hence why you are seeing it here yet again – tupperware style). I was so impressed with the results. Probably my best noodle dish to date… and it all comes down to pure experimentation and cleaning out the fridge.

If you haven’t made a noodle dish using peanut butter (or peanut flour) as the base for your sauce, you really need to hop on it. Peanut and ginger and spices and salt are meant to be together. Have I said that yet? 

peanut ginger dressing salty

Soba noodles + carrot/brocolli/onion/pepper/green onion/peas/edamame + tofu + peanut ginger sauce

Evening Snack:

But then my favorite. Savory, salty and SWEET. The majority of my evening snacks have been looking something like this lately – more snack plates involving a collection of little things I can graze on, rather than one piece of cake etc. And I’ve been loving having something like chips or popcorn with my non-negotiable chocolate. 

sweet and salty snack

Sea Salt Popcorn Chips + Chocolate  

Ummm has anyone tried this “Jelly popping candy” chocolate bar from Dairy Milk? It sizzles in your mouth!! #wasnotexpectingthat

And now to celebrate the “Three Ss”, and because I’m just that impressed with my peanut-ty noodle sauce, I’m sharing it with you all. It’s so easy, delicious and light. It’s slightly spicy, slightly salty and slightly sweet. I highly recommend using it on your next noodle dish or stir fry. 

Peanut Ginger Dressing for Noodles or Stir Fry
Serves 4
A slightly sweet, slightly spicy and slightly salty dressing perfect for your next asian inspired noodle or rice stir fry.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  2. 1/2 tsp stevia (or 2 tsp sweetener of choice)
  3. 1 1/2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  4. 3 Tbsp rice vinegar (sub white balsamic or apple cider vinegar)
  5. 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  6. 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  7. 2 Tbsp peanut flour ***
  8. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  9. salt, to taste (depending on soy sauce/tamari brand)
  10. 2 cloves garlic, minced*
  11. 1 tsp ginger, minced*
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and whisk well. Adjust salt and sweetness to taste.
  2. *Because I was using mine immediately for a noodle stir fry, I cooked the minced garlic and ginger in with the sautรฉing vegetables. If for whatever reason you are not doing this, you will want to add them into the sauce.
  3. Simply pour into your wok of cooked vegetables, protein and noodles (if using). Stir to combine, and let sit over low heat for 5 minutes to let flavors meld.
Notes
  1. ***Peanut flour yields the same peanut flavor without the heaviness of a peanut butter sauce. I chose to use peanut flour rather than peanut butter because I preferred a lighter dressing versus the thick stickiness that peanut butter would yield. 1-2 Tbsp Peanut butter may be substituted here if thickness is more your thing.
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Linking up with WIAW to present to you my eats from yesterday. If you didn’t notice – it was a tupperware day. Thanks to the WIAW crew for hosting the weekly party!

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Tell me,

Is peanut butter sweet, savory, or salty?

Do you prefer to stick to just one of the “Three “Ss?” Or would you take a bit of all three?

36 COMMENTS

  1. chasetheredgrape | 13th Apr 16

    For me, PB is savoury. I love PB with a good salty roasted undertone and will always hunt out PB’s that are simply roasted peanuts and salt. The whole PB and J combo was never really done over in Europe – in fact most of us only tried it because we kept on seeing it in american films and TV programmes and wanted to know what it was all about!
    I adore apples in my salads, especially if you have some blue cheese in there… Or pear, that’s good too.
    And eggs, well I see them as going with anything sweet or savoury – in fact, eggs, bacon and banana is an amazing combo!

    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Ha!! Really!? I would have thought pb + j was a standard especially in the UK!
      Oh man I most definitely see egg, bacon and banana fitting together… I would just add some maple syrup on top!!

  2. snackiebird | 13th Apr 16

    I think peanut butter can be whatever you want. Really, you can mix it with honey or salt or spice and everything will be delicious. And my preferences depends on mood. Sometimes I want only sugar, sometimes crunchy chips are ok and sometimes I cover everything with spice sauce!

    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Right? It’s the magic ingredient that becomes whatever you want it to be! My mood seems to always say… chocolate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Aubrey @ Clusterforked | 13th Apr 16

    Peanut butter goes with EVERYTHING (okay almost everything). Seriously I have even used it in dry curries. However, I’m not sure there is a better combo that peanut butter and banana. Even though I’m willing to combine it with more or less anything I’m not a fan of pre-salted PB and go for either natural flavours or those with sweeter tastes. That sauce sounds almost like a pad-thai, adding peanut flour is a great addition.
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      I really do think it goes with everything. I have yet to think of something that would genuinely be disgusting. Even the thought of peanut butter and pickles is like… “yup”…

  4. Kate | 13th Apr 16

    I’d be all over that night snack. I just had an everything bagel then a piece of dark chocolate, so yes I love me some sweet & salty. One of my favorite breakfast sandwiches include a runny egg and peanut butter, sometimes jelly! The peanut butter I have does contain a little sugar, so it’s sweet to me. Almond butter is NOT sweet, however. Sweet or salty, it goes on everything ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Oh my god you are the queen of these combinations. Everything bagel and chocolate… yes. Egg, pb and jelly!? Genius!
      Interesting you find peanut butter sweet but not almond butter. I think I may have said the opposite.

  5. SuzLyfe | 13th Apr 16

    You need to try my Nam Sod inpsired fish recipe (see my recipe page or search it on my blog) and my quick and easy pad thai. You will love them! I’m all about layers of flavor. I want all my senses and tastes engaged when I eat (except for bitter, I will pass on that!). We would dine well together, you and I!
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      I don’t know what Nom Sod is but I’m off to find out!
      Yes.. yes I really think we would.

  6. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 13th Apr 16

    Peanut butter and sweet potatoes are a great combo. I actually consider peanut butter sweet because I tend to add it to my sweeter combo’s like chocolate, fruit, etc. But, I can see it as salty too and I can literally probably eat it with anything. And totally agree with you on peanut sauce. Ed’s mom makes this great thai dish with peanut sauce that is my absolutely favorite!
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Yes peanut butter and sweet potato (and yogurt) is amazing!
      Peanut Butter seriously goes with everything… so I’m just going to have to make up a new word to categorize it.

  7. Heather@hungryforbalance | 13th Apr 16

    I think of peanut butter as more salty/sweet. Never really savory. This recipe gives me the perfect excuse to try it out-Matilda and I have a peanut sensitivity so we don’t keep it in the house. But I bet almond butter would work!

    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Almond butter would definitely work!

  8. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables | 13th Apr 16

    For me, PB is salty because I buy the Trader Joe’s salted kind and it’s pretty salty, haha. I LOVE sweet and salty so apples + pb is one of my favorite snacks!

    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      That makes sense – I suppose it does depend what kind you buy or if it is flavored at all. Pb and apples is so good! Though I think cashew butter and apples is even better.

  9. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood | 13th Apr 16

    I need to try that dish – I have a weird thing about putting PB in savory foods, which I just need to get over because peanut butter is my fave.
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Oh I hope you challenge that! You can add as much or little as you like to only get a little hint of nutty taste if that’s more to your liking. This sauce doesn’t have an overpowering nut taste either.

  10. Emily Swanson | 13th Apr 16

    YUMMY, a peanut ginger dressing sounds really fantastic Cora! Your salads always make me want to make a HUGE salad.
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Salads are my lovveee ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. sprint2thetable | 13th Apr 16

    I am going back to check out that crust STAT! That sounds amazing. Love those pop chips too – I’m a sweet and salty person all day long.
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      I think you’d love this crust! With drippy egg, of course.

  12. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 13th Apr 16

    i usually think of pb as sweet and salty. I love peanut butter everything–i made a peanut stir fry sauce recently and now i cant stop using pb as a base to my stir fry sauces. its soooo good! I like the combo meals too-adds so much delicious dimension!
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      I think I would have thought in the past that combo meals would be too “confusing,” but I am just loving them now! Yum to pb sauces for stir frys – so easy eh!?

  13. Kaylee | 13th Apr 16

    I’m on the salty PB train. It’s weird. I absolutely love peanut sauces and dressings but can’t stand the thought of peanuts in desserts/sweet things! Ooooh I’m definitely gonna try using peanut flour in my dressings now too. What a great idea!

    With that being said though, I don’t know if I’ve had all three S’s simultaneously but I’m down for the sweet&salty/savory combo–yogurt covered pretzels, chocolate with chili powder, tamarind candy, bacon ice cream, etc!
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Interesting!! I really think I’m more of a salty pb person too… besides putting it with bananas and oatmeal (if thats considered sweet?)
      Tamarind candy!? Bacon ice cream!?!?! What are these treasures and where can I try them!?

  14. Dani @ Dani California Cooks | 13th Apr 16

    For some reason, PB satisfies my sweet cravings. So I go with sweet!
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      If it does the trick then that’s all the matters!

  15. Ellie | 14th Apr 16

    Salty, crunchy peanut butter for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Pairs best with sweet jelly!
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Interesting!! Would have seen you on the “smooth” and “sweet” train.

  16. katalysthealth | 14th Apr 16

    Yum to everything here!! I definitely enjoy a good sweet and salty combo. In high school my best friend and I would pack snacks for our bus ride to our soccer games and it was usually pretzels and chocolate chips. Nice pre-game fuel, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Sounds perfect to me!! I’ve been having that combo at night a lot lately ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 15th Apr 16

    I love sweet & salty, too! And I’m a big fan of Asian-style sauces on noodles, and absolutely anything with ginger, although I’ve never tried peanut flour. Pinned!
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      In that case I’m thinking you need to get yourself some peanut flour for all your noodle needs!

  18. gracefulcoffee | 15th Apr 16

    As a peanut butter addict I cannot decide if it’s savory, sweet, or salty. I just know that it’s delicious ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee
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    • Cora | 15th Apr 16

      Cheers to that! Who needs to categorize it.

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